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Building first computer: check my proposed specs post #9
I need a new comp. In short, my current one is 5+ years old, is AGP and the motherboard should have died from overheating long ago. Unfortunately, this was my very first computer ever, and I don't know a heck of a lot about making/selecting a new one.
I know a bit about computers. Enough to know what basic parts go into them, and a little bit about the major manufacturers of said parts. However, I don't feel particularly confident enough to assemble one, or more importantly, choose parts that are compatible. I know that assembling it myself will get a much stronger PC for cheaper, but I'm not sure if it's worth the risk with my limited knowledge.
I'm not looking for anything fancy. What I'm running with now is so ridiculously old that pretty much anything will be a major upgrade. I'm a gamer, and I would like something that is capable of running recent FPSs and Action games, but I'm not looking to play Crysis or anything like that. The upper limit of my budget is $1k, but if at all possible I would like to keep it around $800.
What I'm wondering is, would it be worth it to buy a preassembled computer from one of the many gaming oriented stores online, rather than fumble through (and possibly fuck up) choosing parts for, and assembling my own? I'm in the middle of both school and job hunting right now, so time is definitely a factor for me. I don't want to get screwed over with a crappy prebuilt comp, but I can't afford to spend a billion hours researching parts and learning how to assemble the thing. Do you guys have any advice?